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Am I Sanctified

What is the difference between justification and sanctification? How do I know if I'm sanctified?

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Pastor Herb, excellent answer, simple and to the point. I just want to say thank you Jesus for Hebrews 10:14 For by one offering He has perfected for all time those who are sanctified. Col 1:22 yet He has now reconciled you in His fleshly body through death, in order to present you before Him holy and blameless and beyond reproach. We can add redemption, forgiveness of sins, cleansing of all unrighteousness and all the other great blessings we inherit from God as heirs with Christ. We thank you Father for the gift of our Savior Jesus and the gift of eternal life!
---Bob on 4/3/09

Katavasia, I have a great book here by St. Gregory of Nyssa entitled On the Soul and the Resurrection. He makes more sense than most people on the subject of eschatology. God bless.
---JohnnyB on 4/2/09

Justification is being made right and deemed righteous, because sins have been forgiven and blotted out.

Sanctification for Christians, God's holy or sanctified people. Saints enjoy purification from evil, separateness (but not isolation) from the world, fellowship with all other saints, and enlightenment from God. What's more, they enjoy this sanctification from the moment they become Christians. It's not a "second blessing" for which they must wait.

How Do I Know that I am Sanctified?
1 Thessalonians 5:23-24
1 Thessalonians 4:7

I pray this helps.

God Bless
---lesla3685 on 4/1/09

Katavasia, are you Eastern Orthodox? I love the Byzantine liturgy. God bless you.**


I'm here to proclaim sound doctrine without fear or favor, to comfort the afflicted--and afflict the comfortable.
---katavasia on 3/31/09

Ones can tend to give a certain word only one definition, while in fact the same word in the Bible can have different meanings ("love" is an easy example of this (o: ). To me, justification means what God does to make us "just", or "right". He makes things right between Him and us, by forgiving us, at first, then comes the process of how His love changes us to become more right like His love is so *right*. Sanctification means what makes us *holy* like God is holy. Being right in God's sight is not really different than being holy. So, both processes are really the same, I would say. We are in the process of being sancitified and justified . . . made more and more how God's love is so right a-n-d holy.
---Bill_bila5659 on 3/30/09

Katavasia, are you Eastern Orthodox? I love the Byzantine liturgy. God bless you.
---JohnnyB on 3/28/09

What is the difference between justification and sanctification?"
Justification is the act of the Father declaring men free from guilt and acceptable to Him through the atoning sacrifice of Jesus. It is finished.
Sanctification is consecration, a setting apart for service, an installation into service or a purification or cleansing within man to serve the kingdom of God. This is an on going process.
"How do I know if I'm sanctified?"
The believer is holy -set apart as freed from sin- only because His Christ, which is holy, indwells us.
You can know this by willingly submitting to an empowered unwavering confidence in the Father, knowing that the good work He has begin in you, He will bring to completion.
---joseph on 3/29/09

Justification is a one time occasion which happens at the time of your salvation. You are declared just in the eyes of God. Sanctification is an on-going, daily activity whereby the Holy Spirit brings you into complete conformity to God's will and law. This will continue until the day of Christ when you are finally presented to Christ as a spotless worshipper.
---tommy3007 on 3/28/09

The sanctified knows that they are holy in the same way that a drowning person is no longer drowning but saved from drowning. Justification is made just, and sanctification is made sacred. Justification implies a foundation for immunity or legal freedom from judgments of the law, whereas sanctification implies conversion from the natural into the supernatural or the holy. The genuine born-again Christian is both justified and sanctified.
---Eloy on 3/28/09

There are two aspects of justification and sanctification.

Positional and experiental.

Positional: We are justified and sanctified in God's eyes because of the sacrifice of Jesus. This is our position before God. That is why, in spite of our failures to meet God's standard of holiness, He sees us that way anyway. This is why, there is no "half way saved" or "almost saved."

We either are or are not a Christian. If we are a Christian, we are Heaven bound, if we are not a Christian, we are Hell bound.

As somone once said, "Almost saved is completely lost."

Please read 2 Peter 1:3,4
---bruce5656 on 3/27/09

Let me make it simple. Sanctified means set apart. When we are born again we are set apart from the world. Justification means in simple terms "Just As If You Had Never Sined". When we are born again, we are justified before God just as if we had never sinned. So how do you know if you are sanctified? If you are born again you are sanctified.
---Pastor_Herb on 3/27/09


The experiential side of justification and sanctification involves how we choose to live. Yes God sees us as sinless (justified) and holy (sanctified) but this is not an excuse to sin. Paul speaks of this in Rom 6:1,2 and he tells us that it is our responsibility to choose not to sin. (Please read
Rom 6)

He cautions us that there is never an excuse to sin I Cor 10:13

However, we do sin...I John 1:8 If we say that we have no sin...the truth is not in us.

But, thankfully, v9: If we confess our sins, he is faithful... to forgive us...

In I John ch 2 we see how, when we sin, Jesus is before the Father on our behalf like a lawyer, reminding Him we are His - justified and sanctified.
---bruce5656 on 3/27/09

Justification is a legal term: to declare, pronounce, one to be just, righteous, or such as he ought to be

Think of it this way. Because of Jesus' sacrifice, as Christians, God sees us "just-as-if-I'd" never sinned.

The sacrifices of the OT could not accomplish justification but the sacrifice of Jesus did. (Heb 13:11-15)

Acts 13:39 And by him all that believe are justified from all things, from which ye could not be justified by the law of Moses.
---bruce5656 on 3/27/09

Whereas justification is a legal term, sanctification has to do with being set aside, or dedicated, to God. It also has to do with being purified or made clean. In the OT this involved various rituals of cleansing the physical body as well as a commitment on the part of the person to obey God's laws.

The two concepts are very closely linked together. In either case, they are accomplished in the sacrifice of Jesus on our behalf.

Heb 10:10 By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.

I Cor 6:11 And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.
---bruce5656 on 3/27/09

In Eastern Christian teaching, sanctification (theosis) is a process, and God has all time and eternity to accomplish it if you go with His program.

As long as you cooperate with Him, it's safe to say you are BEING sanctified.
---katavasia on 3/27/09

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